Football Great Archie Manning spoke to supporters of The Denver Hospice at its June 9 signature fundraising event — Heroes & Halos: A Tribute to Veterans. The event, held at Wings of the Rockies Air and Space Museum, honored Denver-area military veterans and their families and raised funds for mission-driven work of The Denver Hospice. More than 240 guests were in attendance.
“It is an honor and a privilege for us to care for military veterans and their families at The Denver Hospice,” said Melinda Egging, president, The Denver Hospice. “Heroes & Halos is not only a fundraiser for The Denver Hospice, but also a tribute to Colorado’s veteran community. We are grateful to each of them and their families for the sacrifices they have made on behalf of our great nation.”
FOX31’s Dan Daru served as emcee for the evening, which included performances by the Denver Dolls and local 13-year-old singer Isabella Conklin, with a presentation of the flags provided by the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine ROTCs from University of Colorado Boulder and representation from the Coast Guard, provided by the Colorado Coasties.
When people think of Archie Manning, they think football. But Archie’s appeal transcends his athletic achievements. People far and wide have been inspired by his warm personality, his drive and sense of humor. In his remarks, Manning provided the audience with light-hearted and whimsical stories of his personal achievements and those of his sons, Cooper, Peyton and Eli. In June 2013, Town & Country Magazine named the Manning family as the second most inspiring family in America. The family is also featured in a highly-rated documentary on ESPN entitled “The Book of Manning”.
About 20 percent of The Denver Hospice’s patients are military veterans. The not-for-profit organization is the first Denver-area hospice to achieve the highest level of accreditation from We Honor Veterans, a joint program of the Veterans Administration and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. The organization provides specialized support for military veterans by addressing their physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs to improve quality of life.
Since 1978, The Denver Hospice has served our community as the leading, largest and most trusted not-for-profit provider of life-enhancing hospice and palliative care. We offer more expertise, more resources and a more complete continuum of compassionate care to patients facing life-limiting illnesses and end-of-life transition. As a result, our patients, their families and loved ones are able to get the most out of every day — the very most from life.